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Greener Goals: MLS's Week of Service

Greener Goals & MLS WORKS Week of Service

Major League Soccer is committed to improving the communities where we live and play our matches and to addressing important social issues through MLS WORKS, the League’s community outreach initiative.

Our Greener Goals initiative helps identify ways to reduce the league's carbon footprint and raise awareness about environmental issues throughout the soccer community.

MLS WORKS will host its 2nd annual Week of Service from April 17 to Earth Day on Saturday, April 22. Throughout the week, staff and players from around the league will partner with charitable organizations in their local communities to volunteer at eco-friendly events. View the list of events

How you can participate

Pass on plastic challenge: On April 22, tweet how you reduce plastic from your daily routine using #GreenerGoals and you can win eco-friendly MLS apparel and merchandise.

How to reduce your use of plastic:

  • WATER: Bring a stainless steel water bottle rather than drinking water out of disposable plastic bottles.
  • BRING YOUR OWN BAG: Always bring your own bags whenever you shop, not just for the supermarket. By bringing your own bag, you alone can save between 400 and 600 plastic bags per year.
  • PLASTIC STRAWS: Consider some alternatives to plastic straws. Carry your own Stainless steel, glass, paper or bamboo straw.
  • TO-GO CUPS: Bring your own stainless steel or ceramic mug. Carry one in your car. Some coffee shops will even reward your thoughtfulness with a small discount on coffee or tea.
  • TO-GO CONTAINERS: Take along your own reusable containers for sandwiches, snacks, and leftovers
  • MILK & JUICE: If possible, buy your milk or juice in a glass returnable/reusable bottle. It may seem old fashioned, but it tastes great, and it’s better for you.

If we fail to clean up the plastic and stop the continued pollution of the oceans, we are facing the potential extinction of many sea life species and the interruption of the entire ecosystem.

Recent studies indicate that at least 40 million pounds of plastic has accumulated and is floating in the North Pacific Ocean alone. The majority of the plastic debris remains in the Vortexes, however a significant percentage of it washes onto our coastlines daily. After sunlight photodegrades the plastic into small pieces, aquatic life and seabirds mistake these fragments for food and ingest it.

Plastic is a material made to last forever, yet 33 percent of all plastic - water bottles, bags and straws - are used just once and thrown away. Plastic cannot biodegrade; it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces.

There are thousands of landfills in the United States. Buried beneath each one of them, toxic chemicals from plastics drain out and seep into groundwater, flowing downstream into lakes and rivers.

Americans discard more than 30 million tons of plastic a year. Only 8 percent gets recycled. The rest ends up in landfills, is burned or becomes litter.